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- August 29, 2007 at 11:15 AM #37074soundmanjcParticipant
I having 2 cameras available to shoot an interview and wanted to ask about the best possible placement, angles, scale and framing. I do not need to see the interviewer so both cameras will be capturing the interviewee. One will probably be almost straight on, with them looking slightly off camera to the interviewer, but as for the other, i’m debating on whether to park it next to the first and just shoot a different shot scale so i have both to choose from, or also to shoot about 30 degrees to the subject so the angle is different for cutting also.
Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
That all depends on what the interview is for. One idea would be to have the second camera as a handheld (no stabilizer) to get some 45 degree-ish shaky cam shots.
A nice profile shot might look good. Also, a shot of the back of their head might be interesting with certain lighting. I would say set up the second camera wherever looks best in your location.
There are some creative limitations on using two cameras in an interview environment when you just plan on shooting the interviewee with one.
Here are some ideas to make it interesting:
1. Shoot the interviewee over the interviewer’s shoulder
2. Use the second camera for extreme closeups during the personal or emotional parts to bring the viewers attention to what is being said.
i agree completely on the close ups- the matter is- whether or not to have those close ups at a different angle than the primary shot. i’m trying to find examples in editing where this is used to see if it works or looks silly? not sure if this cuts better or worse than very similary angles to the subject.
It might be worth watching TV interview shows to see how professionals produce interviews. Try to find a TV show that discusses topics similar to your topic.